May Flowers


Published On: 05-21-2013 05:23pm

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I love flower stamps. Every time I see a new one I say I'm going to resist as I have so many already. Right before posting I did a quick glance of my flower stamp section and I stopped counting at 175 flower stamps. Oops, clearly I'm not doing a good job restraining myself!

My two newest listings are variations of pink ink and card stock.

         Birthday Wishes Pink Flowers Hand Stamped Card

This first card is the bright one of the two. It's definitely an in your face type of pink. The stamp is new, as is the sentiment. Since the stamp contains just a hint of the floral stems, I thought the image would look nice in the long oval shape, giving it a bit of length. By mounting the scalloped oval onto the card base, I also create a sense of depth with the card as opposed to my usual one layer cards.

This next card also uses a new flower stamp (surprise, surprise!) but is a bit more subdued in it's shade of pink.

                     Hand Made Sympathy Card with Pink Floral Image

This is a new shade of ink and card stock for me (did I mention that I love to collect ink and card stock colors as much as flower stamps?) so I wanted to jump right into it. Pink inks and card stock can be tough. If the ink it too light, it's hard to see. If the card stock is too harsh a pink, it's discordant to the eye. This one is a nice middle shade.

For this card, I kept the image one layer but I added depth and motion by using what's called Second Generation stamping. I inked up my image and stamped it on the card stock. At this point most of the ink has transferred to the card stock. I then immediately stamped it again slightly off center to transfer the much lighter shade of ink to the card stock. This kind of technique makes the image jump off the paper and creates layers within the single layer.

I still have many new (uninked) floral stamps as well as a few new ink and card stock colors to play with so I'm sure May will continue to sprout flowers, if only in my studio.

Reader's Comments

By AndreaDesigns on 06/10/2013 @ 11:00pm

Love your cards, they are so elegant. Thank you for sharing how you stamp them.

By ChristieCottage on 06/10/2013 @ 10:47pm

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By adorebynat on 05/26/2013 @ 09:48am

Love your flower cards! 175 flower stamps? *jealous* :-P

By PebblesatmyFeet on 05/23/2013 @ 02:40pm

I'm not really a "pink person", but I must say, you've chosen very pretty pinks for these cards and for the last post, too. I like the double stamping, too.

By JewelryArtByDawn on 05/23/2013 @ 01:36am

Thoroughly enjoyed reading about your stamping techniques and your hoard...emmm, collection of flower stamps. Honestly, now, your business is making cards; you can never have too many stamps!

By Laurascrafts on 05/22/2013 @ 07:01pm

I am so happy that many of you enjoy the double stamping as much as I do! You definitely could do two different colors although one should be a light shade as it is more of a shadow more than anything else. And the beauty of it is, lining up the images is pretty free form so there is no right or wrong way to do it although I did use clear stamps on this one. It is much easier when you can see through the stamp.

By DaRosaCreations on 05/22/2013 @ 06:55pm

I do not own stamps, but feel like buying stamps now :) Would the double stamping work with two colors? And how do you know where to stamp??? I already have a hard time getting my address stamp straight in the corner of an envelope ;)

By craftingmemories on 05/22/2013 @ 05:28pm

Gorgeous cards, I love the scalloped oval card.

By CardsbyLiBe on 05/22/2013 @ 01:55am

Great blog Laura - loved the double stamping technique explanation. I'm glad I'm not alone when it comes to hoarding stamps, cardstock and ink!! Lisa

By PutmanLakeDesigns on 05/21/2013 @ 10:26pm

Guess that I'm with the majority. I love the "second generation" stamping also. Looking forward to what else May brings and then what we'll see in June!

By EweniqueEssentials on 05/21/2013 @ 08:52pm

Both cards are very pretty! The double stamp technique adds lovely shadowing to the original image.

By ShadowDogDesigns on 05/21/2013 @ 08:32pm

The double stamping is awesome! Boy, you must really have a steady hand, Laura! Fabulous cards! Look forward to what else May brings (:

By craftsofthepast on 05/21/2013 @ 08:19pm

Nice to have all your trade secrets, but still I would not try this at home. Mine would look like finger painting by a two-year-old! Lovely designs, Laura!

By DesertCreations on 05/21/2013 @ 07:43pm

I just love your cards. I really like the effect the double stamp gives. Lovely new cards!!

By Guest on 05/21/2013 @ 06:32pm

I like the look imparted by the "second generation" stamping. Very nice cards Laura.

By Wyverndesigns on 05/21/2013 @ 06:29pm

Beautiful colors! As with most of your cards, simple, yet elegant.

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